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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms Paperback – Feb 25 2010
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Jemisin's first novel has a wistful, lyrical tone, and the intrigue - both romantic and political - is skillfully handled. Book one in the Inheritance Trilogy is sensitive, restrained high fantasy Guardian A story that manages to be both fantastically grand and very personal. Definitely recommended Waterstones Books Quarterly "A bold and strong new voice in fantasy fiction" Tricia Sullivan, Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
N. K. Jemisin is a Brooklyn author whose short fiction and novels have been nominated multiple times for the Hugo, the World Fantasy Award, and the Nebula, shortlisted for the Crawford and the Tiptree, and have won the Locus Award. She is a science fiction and fantasy reviewer for the New York Times, and her novel The Fifth Season was a New York Times Notable Book of 2015. Her website is nkjemisin.com.
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Aside from the images and thoughts spilling across Tumblr, one of the things that really attracted me to the book was the author herself who is a woman of colour. It is rare to find people like yourself creating the things that you love so, while I try not to dwell on the paleness of science fiction and fantasy, it increases my enjoyment to be entertained by something that far better reflects life as it could and should be, rather than the reality that sometimes is. It disturbs me that science fiction and fantasy of all things remain bound to our prejudices when the worlds and creatures you can create within these realms should be limitless.
I have not yet written what I would consider a proper review for this book because my thoughts are just too muddled with emotion, speculation and lots of spoilers. I haven't started the next book in the trilogy because I'm not quite ready for the emotional commitment. Both times I read THTK, it encompassed my thoughts for long hours - days afterward, which is enough for me to say that it is most definitely five star book in my eyes. I've recommended it to everyone I know!
In this book, we meet Yeine, the estranged grandaughter of the dying king. Yeine is brought to her grandfather's castle "Sky" after her mother dies as one of three potential heirs. From here Yeine is thrusr into an unfamiliar world of politics, "fallen" gods with plans of their own, all the while trying to stay alive and discover who has killed her mother.
Readers will be enthralled as they learn more about the Gods and how they came to be enslaved.
My complaint: the book was too short for the content and I felt that the transitions were somewhat rushed.
The story follows a young girl, Yeine, granddaughter to the head of the faction that rules a conglomeration of kingdoms, who is brought back from her unsophisticated homeland, and made one of three potential heirs to the faction by her ailing grandfather.
As interesting as this sounds, N.K. Jemisin definitely spends more time describing and expanding the relationships between the characters in the book. Though this is fantasy, the "fantastic" nature of the story is a foil to the human drama, and the game of politics that Yeine must navigate. Part murder mystery, part political thriller, part fantasy novel - it needed another 300 pages to do all three well.
I enjoyed the book, but found that the potential of the world created by Ms Jemisin wasn't fully exploited - a human drama overlaying a partially rendered picture; more detail on the background would have made this a much more enjoyable read. Scott R Bakker does this wonderfully.
That said, I am looking forward to the next book in the series, though the ending of this novel makes me curious as to the contents.
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Holy Gods was this book good! Yes I grasp the irony of my exclamation. :PPublished 23 months ago by Canjenni
The beginning of a very beautiful series. Unique, well realised and readable. Don't read just this book. Finish the whole series--it's worth it. Read morePublished on April 26 2014 by Kirsten Gonzales